When: Sat., June 18, 5 p.m. and Sun., June 19, 5 p.m. 2016
SATURDAY, JUNE 18–SUNDAY, JUNE 19
ROCKNROLL PARTYFEST II
The inaugural Rocknroll Partyfest arose from low-key ambitions: "I just wanted to get all my buddies together and do something rad," organizer Brian Cruse said.
Like last year's twenty-bands-in-two-days bacchanal, the second Partyfest crams two evenings of diverse rock into the narrow confines of Slim's. And with a bill that freely lifts from the debut—Drag Sounds, Natural Causes, Flesh Wounds, Shitty Boots, SOON A.D., Pie Face Girls, and The Royal Nites all return—Cruse didn't aim to fix what wasn't broken.
Even the new arrivals perfectly match the weekend's hedonistic spirit. Nashville's Hans Condor marries The Stooges' raw power to The Clash's resounding pub-rock riffs. It's an ideal counterpoint to Pipe's burly punk. Boone's Konvoi offers bitter post-punk, while Raleigh's Crete gives its driving punk a dark undercurrent. New York quartet Jacques Le Coque's makes ragged garage pop, and Asheville's The Tills stick to the blues riffs-and-distortion fundamentals. Raleigh's No Eyes go deep into psych, while Greensboro's GSO keeps it polished. And that's just a sample; the festival's embrace is immediately apparent and broadly inclusive.
That eagerness to dodge borders—between garage and punk, between psych and surf—made the first Rocknroll Partyfest a blast. With short sets volleyed between two stages (one inside, the other on the back patio) and a bill that covers so much ground, the format is ripe for the friendly sort of party Cruse envisioned. With this year's slate of almost two dozen acts, the sequel may surpass the original. —Bryan C. Reed
SLIM'S, RALEIGH5 p.m., $15–$25, www.slimsraleigh.com